55 North

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Highway 55 North from Boise to McCall.  Probably my all-time favorite drives and I’ve driven this a few hundred times over the years and it never gets old.  Winding along the Payette River thru the mountains, raging whitewater next to the highway, snow capped mountains, wildlife, ascending to over 5,280 feet by the time you get to McCall, complete with crisp, cool clean air and the overwhelming scent of pine trees.

Boise

cafecapri

Just down from the Capitol building in Boise is this unique corner on Capitol & Idaho.  This corner used to be a Starbucks, then became a Tully’s Coffee, then became Caffe’ Capri Coffee and now is a Sushi joint.  I have a history of drawing cool local sites, only to see them go out of business or become something else more “hip”.  This is one of those.

Coffee Jacket-Cup Thingy

Coffee Sleeve

I recently picked up a hot drink at a coffee shop in our area and they have taken the coffee cup sleeve that protects your hand from getting burned and made it into the whole cup!  Brilliant!! When I saw it, I laughed because it reminded me of the Jerry Seinfeld observation, “What’s the deal with a plane’s “black box?” If the black box is the only thing that survives a crash, why not build the whole plane out of black box?”  Epic.

Pie Hole

Pie Hole    Got the summer time blues?  Just got dumped?  Somebody less qualified yet at the same time highly arrogant just got promoted over you?  Embarrassing speeches by the leader of your nation got you down? Let me introduce you to Pie Hole.  Yes, it’s a dump of a place and the crust is paper thin and the grease runs down your arm but this pizza is comfort food that’ll cure whatever hurts! You KNOW these places have the best food!  Just leave that little Weight Watcher’s scale–thingy at home, throw out your calorie counters and enjoy.  May I recommend a trip to their bathroom for a creepy experience?

They have 2 locations in Boise, downtown and over by the stadium at BSU. This is their pizza cart that you can find in downtown Boise at just about any event, all hours of the day and late night–early morning to satisfy that crave.

Trout

Trout

One of the items on my “bucket list” is to tie a fly and catch a trout with it.  As my life is changing and the fact we live in one of the best places for fly fishing here in the great northwest, I’m really getting the itch to get in a river!  As you can see, I’ve got trout on my mind.

Trader Joe’s

Trader JoesFinally, Boise has a Trader Joe’s. If you’ve never been to one, it’s a small grocery store where you can buy “unconventional and interesting” products, not your normal everyday brands you’d see at your SUPER market. In fact, you won’t find hardly any. There may be a product that stays awhile, or sometimes, when it sells out, that’s it. But it’s always fun to see what new food items are in, and to just get my staples…you know, cookie butter and  Blonde Joe-Joe’s… I like just about everything there, except I’m NOT a Tofu or Tofurkey guy by any stretch of the imagination but the fresh organic veggies are about the same price as the Chemical Veggies the big guys sell. The workers all run around in Hawaiian Shirts and are friendly and very helpful. The parking,…uh…well…um,…lets just say I’m thankful we have a Trader Joe’s and my timing is bad.  A fun time. Fun food. Check them out at traderjoes.com.

Caffe’ Capri 2

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I sketched this very cool coffee shop in downtown Boise called Caffe’ Capri awhile back and someone saw it and asked me to do one just for them.  So this is that one, and I added more detail and landscape and on a larger piece of paper than I normally use.  I really enjoy drawing pics for people that are meaningful to them like houses and special places.  It make this hobby a pleasure.

Cafe Ole’

 

Cafe Ole

Café Ole’ has been around Boise for many years. This is the 8th Street location downtown. Using the character of the local culture with the older buildings makes the food taste all the better.  Love Downtown Boise.

Zeppole’s Bakery

Zeppole

I’ve noticed that a majority of my posts have to do with food. It’s not that I’m a food critic by any stretch or a guy who looks like he really “enjoys” his food, but so many of the best moments have to do with being with my wife or friends someplace having a great time and enjoying some really good food, sharing life together. I think that’s my favorite thing. Zeppole’s Bakery in Boise has made many of those moments “sweet”, usually with a really good espresso in a cool shop. By cool, I mean warm. One time, on a Friday morning, someone downtown forgot to include a loaf of Challah bread I had ordered to a store near where we lived, about 20 miles west of the downtown bakery. Around noon, I called and they sent someone all the way there with my bread! Nothing beats my wife’s Challah bread, but I thought that was pretty cool of Zeppole’s to make a special trip. This is a drawing of the 8th street bakery.

Hyde Park

Hyde Park

The Hyde Park District in the North End is a historical neighborhood in Boise and has several cool places to eat and lots of locally owned specialty shops. Every year they have a street fair at Camel’s Back Park, with vendors, food, music and all kinds of neat stuff.

So I’m doing some pictures in Boise and the Hyde Park area has so many cool things to draw, but this was a cold, wet & dark day. A little monument and a street lamp, couple trees was enough for the day.